Queen’s Tart


The inspiration for this post came from a fellow blogger in Sweden and her tart that she made using blackberries. And my little two year-old Isabella and her love for berries was certainly an inspiration as well. My husband snapped these shots of her enjoying her berries at the cabin this summer.

bellas berries3

It’s a favorite past time of the children in the summer to take a long piece of Timothy-grass and slide raspberries and blueberries on it. After their little excursion they might enjoy them while sitting on the porch. I think the most important part of it is that they are their very own berries. Fresh berries always at their prime. But sadly blueberry season is coming to a close, even though I spotted quite a few on a walk yesterday evening. The recipe below can be easily made with frozen berries.

In Finland, when raspberries and blueberries are mixed and served together for example in jam it is called “Queen’s jam”. And so this tart that originally was a plum tart and has been made using blackberries has been now transformed into Queen’s tart.


Queen’s Tart (from the blog Leya, slightly altered)

Gluten-free version

This tart works great with fine grain gluten-free flour. I made a double batch of the recipe below and made a gluten-free version with 1/3 of the batter and regular with the rest. It turned out great and the difference in flavor was very minimal. When baking with gluten-free flour it is helpful to lower the oven temperature a little since the baked goods tend to get color a little faster.

Blueberries and raspberries so that the bottom of the tart pan is covered with two layers of berries.
1 and 1/2 dl/0.6 c sugar
2 eggs
4 tsp sugar
(1 tbsp potato or corn starch)
1 dl/0.4 c flour (or gluten-free flour)
1 tsp baking powder
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 dl/0.8 c whipped cream

Butter your tart pan. If using frozen berries mix with potato or corn starch and 4 teaspoons of sugar.


Whip the eggs with the 1.5 dl/0.6 cups of sugar until a light foam. Fold in the flour and baking powder. Whip your cream and fold it into the batter. Pour the batter over the berries and bake in the oven at 200 C/390 F for about 20 minutes. The original recipe called for a bake time of about 45 minutes but this is probably due to shape and depth of the tart pan. I used a wide (22 cm/8 and 1/2 inch) and shallow pan. Enjoy with vanilla sauce or ice cream.

queens tart


  1. What a great idea to let the children string a berry snack. I remember this recipe from Leya’s post. I was going to make it and then realised I didn’t have any cream! Now I have cream, but not berries! Queen’s Tart looks very good.

    1. Yes, when I saw Leya’s post I happened to have all of the necessary ingredients in my kitchen…plus we have almost an over abundance of berries 🙂 and so it was the perfect thing to make for an afternoon cup of tea or coffee. Maybe you could find some berries from the freezer of your local grocery?

      1. I decided to make this recipe today. I used rhubarb and apple!!! I didn’t get as much topping as you did, so perhaps my dish was too big. But it was delicious anyway. I really like the method of adding whipped cream. It is a completely new method to me.

      2. The next recipe on my list to try is your rhubarb cake. Just waiting for more fresh rhubarb to come in the garden. I used frozen rhubarb for the tart today. I think fresh rhubarb would work best in your recipe?

      3. I am watching my rhubarb very carefully and willing it to grow faster. I can buy fresh rhubarb at the supermarket,at the moment, but I would prefer to use my own. So, I will wait patiently 🙂

  2. Gorgeous! I loved seeing your little one munch on the berries….btw…is that a Marimekko dress?? And the tart…..sublime! Wish I could just sneak a bite in the picture!

    1. Thanks Carla! The dress is actually by a Swedish brand me&i. They make easy-to-wear and colorful clothes…but this dress is certainly very similar to the patterns by Marimekko.

      1. Oh ok! I was in Finland this summer and was in the marimekko store and saw something similar….so wanted a little girl to buy for! Enjoy the berries!

      1. I can imagine! I got super excited this weekend because I actually managed to find loads of crab apples. And I also picked some elderberries that I put into an apple crumble. I love this time of year!

  3. I love this “Queen’s tart” because it’s so easy to make. I have bookmarked the recipe. I’m going to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Yum! I also dig the berries on a string, it’s a much tastier version (and much healthier version) of a candy necklace!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! Yes, I love the berries…and I feel that with the fall harvest there would be so many things to blog about but sometimes there is just a shortage of time 🙂

  5. what a beautiful daughter of yours! 🙂
    and that Queen’s tart sounds to die for! i am actually drooling 😛 berries are one of my favourite things to bake with! 🙂

Leave a Reply to julitownsend Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s